Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Northern winter Solstice!

Today at 12:04 UT was the northern winter solstice. King´s Village DX wishes You Best DX and 73 at this special moment when we have the longest darkness and so the longest possible Dark DX-season. Best Greeting also for the Holiday Season & Best DX for the Year 2009!
The photo above was taken exactly at 12:04 UTC - only some daylight even in Southern Finland because of rainy and foggy weather. I had to take some candle light to check my ALA100 connection box under the big oak tree.
73 TK

Monday, December 15, 2008

LEM266 Log Update

New update of LEM266-log is ready. A few new nice catches...

From now on, the log will be updated weekly on Mondays without any further notice.

So, check it out at:

73's and Happy upcoming Holiday Season to all of you, fellow DXers! (JSN & MKA).

Monday, December 01, 2008

LEM266 log update


You will find the updated LEM266 log at

You will also find this link on this blog's link section under "Other" (LEM266 Log (JSN & MKA).

The next update will be within a week. Still lots of files to be checked...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

KING´S VILLAGE DX - STATION OF NOVEMBER: Radio Brisvaani Brisbane 1701 kHz

X-band Aussies can sometimes be heard in Southern Finland, but usually they are relatively weak. Also there is often heavy QRM from European pirates etc, so DXing these is a challenge for us. I have tried to monitor the band usually when visiting my DX-QTH and sometimes you can get some of them. Earlier the Sydney station 1701 was heard (and carrier was monitored quite frequently) - above 1701 (around +75 Hz) while there was something also below that one around 1701.04. On Oct. 30 the audio of Brisvaani was strong enaugh to pick up some commercial spots between the Indian Bollywood music programme. I put this on however as a station of November as I took me almost one month to get out the details of some of the spots. The frequency is 1701.035 (maybe drfiting a bit). Some other X-band carriers and audios were present as well. The most interesting one with Chinese program on 1656 - that is the channel of a relatively new Chinese speaking station at Brisbane - heard at least in Lapland quite recently.
I am using exclusively a BOG (or LWOG) of about 300 meters (at about 50 degrees) to listen to Far East/ Pacific. This antenna is quite free of local noise - although giving not very big signal - the S/N is good. At the beginning of November the near by farmer did make some extra plowing at my antenna field: now the BOG is 1 meter long ! The late plowing is really a sign of climate change! OK - now at the end of November we have 20-30 cm snow - no more plowing this fall - and hope to put my BOG again working (actually it can go under the snow & ice - a BUSI/LWUSI - antenna).


DXing TA-stations with only a longwire in Southern Finland means that you have to concentrade to morning sunrise enhancement moments. These moments can be very short, usually no more than 30 minutes with best reception at sunrise time and a just after that.

On October 7th I was staying at the cottage and did a usual check on mw at around 5.30 ut before going to work. After discovered that something unusual was going on I decided to record (by SDRs IQ & 14) the band from 1300 to 1700 kHz.
Soon after 0530 quite good conditions were noted - mainly to Lima Peru and Puerto Rico at the same time. Soon a station with nice Peru Folklore was heard on 1340 kHz - a channel usually having a Colombian station (Bogota) slightly above the nominal. Butthe music was only Andean - Peru folklore and the style of the programming was totally different of normally heard here. Some of the suspected was of course the Lima area station which on the other hand should have a religious format. After some connections with other DXers I was told that the Swedish DXer BIH had been listening to the same station a bit later - it was interesting to compare also the fades which were of course not in the same time. BIH discoverd maybe first that the lady was speaking about Radio Alegria? after several weeks with great detective work of Henrik Klemetz - once again a Big Thank - with info also from other sources the secret was discovered: the Lima station (at least studios at Lima?)was really Radio Alegría, a new name to a Radio LaLuz/Bendicion.

The signal was peaking just at about local sunrise (04.46ut) - at times the signal was better than the European on 1341! The exact frequency seems to be a bit below the nominal at 1339.993 whereas Bogotá has been quite steadily at 1340.006. There are often a Spanish Latin on 1340.000 which I believe is Caracas.

Other strong signals from Lima were noted on 1300 (Comas, no ID, but ads for Lima), 1320 La Cronica (relaying R Nacional), 1380 Nuevo Tiempo, 1400 tent. Collao with sports, 1470 CPN and 1500 (1499.858) Santa Rosa. Quite a few very interesting split frequencies were noted on sev. channels as well (e.g. near 1440 and 1560). From PR the stronges were on 1430, 1520, 1600 and 1660.

R Alegría will have the "official start" in the beginning of December.

LEM266 Log (1st draft)

Here's the first draft of LEM266 log. Next update will be within a week.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ENOX11: 13-19.11.2008 (HN, JVA)

During this expediton conditions on the band varied more than we would have wanted because of the stronger-than-expected coronal hole disturbance just in the middle of the expedition.

On Friday 14.11 we had a fairly nice Florida and east coast opening. On Saturday 15.11 GY-stations from the west coast. On Sunday 16.11 some “disturbance stations” early in the night and GY-stations from upper west coast ("ylämummo") whole afternoon. On Monday 17.11 nothing to be mentioned. On Tuesday 18.11 mid-west stations and in the last morning on Wednesday 19.11 a nice opening to CA, but we had to unplug just after 0900 UTC just as everything was hotter than on any of the days before !

Generally we listened only from 06ut to 14utc, with recordings on most nights. However, in the morning we noticed, that once again we just needed to erase everything, since there was nothing to listen to…. No daytimer openings in the evenings, even if CBG-1400 and/or WEGP-1390 were audible many times already around 19-21 UTC. Also only the most common stations from AK and HI direction were logged. Mexicans were almost totally absent.

Our full log will be published as and when we have had time to dig into the recordings more seriously. Samples of stations identified prior to more in-depth listening from recordings:

WFLF-540, CBEF-540, KUBC-580, KCSJ-590, KXSP-590, CHNL-610, KCMO-710, KFLN-960, KLAD-960, KJJK-1020, KFTI-1070, WDJO-1160, KQIK-1230, KDYM-1230, KSZN-1230, KPRL-1230, KORT-1230, KCVL-1240, KNEU-1250, KXRO-1320, XECPN-1320, KNSS-1330, CINL-1340, KCAP-1340, KTOQ-1340, WPDR-1350, KABQ-1350, WGIV-1370, KIHH-1400, WZAZ-1400, WSLB-1400, KODI-1400, KULY-1420, KLZS-1450, KZZJ-1450, KBBS-1450, WZNZ-1460, KDMA-1460, KTEL-1490, KSKR-1490, KOWL-1490

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

LEM266 1.11. - 7.11.2008 (JSN & MKA)

Hi folks!

Our Dx-expedition started in Hämeenlinna on Friday at 10:30 UTC when Martti started the engine. We drove up to Muhos (JPR's DXing OTH) thru a quite severe snow storm and stayed the night there. Thanks Jari for your hospitality, again! Hit the road on Saturday at 04:00 UTC and arrived to Lemmenjoki after 11:00 UTC.

This is only a short overview. Our loggings will be published later at and log.

The weather has been mostly sunny with temperatures between -1 to -12 degrees Celsius. At the moment we've got snow about 5 centimeters.

Receivers: Telefunken E1800/3, 1* Perseus, 1* SDR-14, 2* SDR-IQ

1.11. NA until 14:00 UTC.

2.11 The night started with Brazilians. Then NA from 04:30 till 11:00 UTC.

3.11. At night the same pattern, but now also Orinoco and some La Plata included. NA from 03:30 till 13:00 UTC. NHK-1 break at 09.59 quite nicely. From the Pacific Marshall Islands (1098) and Tonga (1017) with excellent signals, but nothing more.

4.11. NA started before 22:00 UTC (3.11.) and continued till 14:00 UTC. Today Marshalls and Tonga again + tent. Tahiti. NA started again before 22:00 UTC.

5.11. All night Puerto Rico and Orinoco with huge signals. NA started again at 02:00 and continued till 13:00.

We have been very busy with our SDRs and computers. But we have enjoyed the good conditions, weather, food and wine. We've already got a huge amount of SDR-files. Hope that we will not run out of disk space!

Here's a few stations "on the fly": KCKX 1460, KOFE 1240, KIOV 1450, KFBC 1240, KTOQ 1340, JOTG Aomori 963, WRRD 1510, KGOW 1560, KCAP 1340, KPOW 1260, KVOC 1230, KQTL 1210 etc.

06-07.11 The last two days were offering nice signals to NA and Pacific. We had a lack of propagation to La Plata and SEA and therefore unable to enjoy the last fine bottle of wine, 2005 Kaiken Ultra Malbec from Argentina. As a Finnish word kaiken means everything!On the other hand, we had the ultimate menu, better then ever in Lemmenjoki! We were equipped a lot of kettles , frying pans and special spices for our international kitchen.

Martti´s forecast for this period was quite accurate, disturbance started to effect early in the morning 7th of November and the days of our stay in Lemmenjoki were every day better and better to the final.

When driving away from Lemmenjoki we were able to meet two wolves (None of them were from Uhtua /ed.), a lot of reindeers and some dangerous drivers.

Next year's menu has already been planned, it will beat also Kongsfjord, if they are not able to invent something better than this year.

73's JSN & MKA

Sunday, October 26, 2008

AND3: 16-26.10. (GF, JA, OF and TBV)

AND3 has begun. Conditions are promising with many AK and HI at good levels at 14 UTC. Participants: GF, JA, OF and TBV

AND3 report 16-17.10: Brief opening to Brazil after 20:40 UTC, 1240 Radio Sao Francisco was the first new one in the log. From 01 UTC strong opening to the Rockies and Mexico with west coast stations becoming dominant by late morning.

AND3 report 17-18.10: Every MW DXer can easily imagine a dream DX night. Last night easily belongs to that category. For starters we were served very nice signals from Brazil after 20:30 UTC. From 22:45 our attention was on North America, starting from the Great Lakes and moving slowly westwards. During that process we were treated to numerous daytime signals from the Central and Mountain time zones, later Oregon stations almost convinced us we were actually there. Brief conclusion: A superb night and morning

AND3 report 18-19.10: Again a good night and morning, although somewhat less focused and interesting than the previous day. 1400 KIHH logged Oct,18.

AND3 report 19-20.10: Great start to the night with DT signals from the northeastern US and the Great Lakes. Improving signals from South America during the night, 550 CW1 and 760 LU6 were excellent at LSR. Good morning to the US EC, poor to the WC.

AND3 report 20-21.10: WEGP was heard at 20:40utc increasing our hopes for a good night. Despite some usual MI stations around 23:00 the night was disappointing. Early morning conds were very good to Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Excellent signals from eastern NA 07-09:30utc and then WC after 09:45

AND3 report 21-22.10: Good conds to Brazil and La Plata 21-00UTC. At midnight a few DT signals from CO and UT, then slowly improving conds until 04 UTC. From then and until just before noon strong signals from the Great Lakes and westwards.

AND3 report 22-23.10: Excellent to Brazil from 21UTC and until early morning. Sporadic spot conditions to NA 22-01:30UTC offered daytimers from all mainland US time zones. Later on relatively poor conds with stations mainly from the WC.

AND3 report 23-24.10: Possibly the best NA conditions this century. If it gets any better than this the last 2 nights we will not need to go DX-peditions again. Ever

AND3 report 24-25.10: Strong widespread NA signals from 22utc, at times mixing with Cubans and Mexicans. Boring during the morning. Towards noon improving with strong signals from WA, OR and CA.

AND3 report 25-26.10: Very interesting NA conds. At first many DT signals from the northeastern USA. Then a brief break before we got lots of of interesting stations from the Mountain time zone. Early morning had an extremely intense opening to WA, OR and BC. Then things changed very quickly with a strong opening to the eastern part of the USA. An excellent final day.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ENOX loggings update 13.10

960 +WABG Greenwood, MS (21.2.2008 ENOX8)
970 KNFX Austin, MN (tnx PAX71/A) - ENOX2
1050 +WDVM Eau Claire, WI (16.10.2007 ENOX2)
1350 +KCAR Clarksville, TX (12.10.2007 ENOX2) (tnx PAX71/A)
1350 XETB Torreón - ENOX2

Thursday, October 09, 2008

King´s Village DXing August-September 2008

Testing the Perseus (software 1.1.b vs 1.1.c)

Indeed the latest version runs quite OK even on my laptop (T40, with 512 MB memory, 1.3 GHz processor) and on my old table-top (Fujitsu) of 3.0 GHz/1.5 Gb mem. only slightly better actually. All these recording 1600 kHz RF-file. And the new file being 16-bit file, it saves HD and now you can record (without modifying the windows parameters) 5 minutes files (of about 2.2 Gb each). The latest version has also the “zoom” when you can zoom the frequency reading to be able to read rather precise frequencies down to below 1 Hz. However on my setups, it is still rather slow and there are problems when trying to do that when playing back the recorded file. Still I find easier to use SpectruVue for exact frequency read-out. Otherwise the Perseus software is fine with many bells and whistles like the DSP-noise reduction etc. Well done, Nico.

August/September: Dario goes King´s Village´s DX (sdr & car-dx)

Famous DXer (“PlayDX”) Dario Monferini from Milan visited my DX-QTH at King´s Villages for a few days at the end of August. Dario enjoyed some good openings on mw as well as on FM (St Peterburg stations). Dario tested also SDR-DX using Perseus and SDR-IQ receivers. He managed to get quite a few Trans-Atlantic signals. I had to work all days – so my job was more to obtain cooking and make food for us. We enjoyed Salmon “Lemon” with some Italian style vegetables (with Italian Mozzarella) among others (like pasta etc!). Dario “DXing” can be seen on the picture. Some catches of Asians were made also using my car´s RX – these includes good reception of Korea 1566 and JOIF 1413 (at 2000 UTC)

More pictures of Darios adventures at the Play-DX-site.

DX-meeting at Haapavesi with Aurora Borealis and the EDXC

After Dario’s DX-days I drove to Haapavesi-QTH with Viktor Rytkovsky (picked up at the trailway station Kouvola). We went via Joensuu and took MR (Mauno Ritola) with us. As always during the last years we soon noticed geomagnetic disturbance starting when driving up North! And indeed at the night 4th Sept we could even see the Aurora Borealis. Thanks to Jari Ylioja – an active photographer of Space & Aurora (more Jari´s pictures at SpaceWeather Auroa Gallery) the Aurora was photographed at the same time only 1,5 kilometres to the South of our QTH! So dxing was no so active, the only “result” was a carrier of the Nigerian station on 917 kHz (s/off around 23ut).

Aurora during the DX-meeting at Haapavesi. (photo thanks to Jari Yioja – more Jari´s photos at

After the meeting we went to Vaasa to the EDXC 2008 meeting. It was nice to see many DXers at Vaasa, although my staying lasted only a few hours.

Some DX in August– September

So far I am still waiting to be able to use my Far East BOG. So most DX is made using my longwire of 130 meters (NNW). Some nice openings to Latin America has been noted with some new stations for me. I decided also to announce “The King´s Village Station of the Month” each month. These are new for me or otherwise interesting to be announced.

I will put my presentation of the latest trends of SDRs in Finland later on the web later on.


This station was particularly interesting as it took some days to discover what is doing a strong het on 1390.0 kHz. Soon I noted the signal is coming from Brazil above the nominal on 1390.215 kHz and after some work it was discovered to be Radio Itapirema of Ji-Parana, Brazil. Thanks JEÖ & MR for listening to the clip!

I am not sure if this split still exists, later on I have noted Rádio Jornal here (which is more usual at my QTH).


This station was first noted on Sept. 29th with nice Andean music. First it was a bit difficult to say what station is saying “Libertad” here although the music was “very Andean” music with nice melodies. The station even had time signals which were rather exact (not so familiar on Latins). Soon I noted the loggings of last year (credits to JMS, JEÖ and TSM in Finland) and indeed the station was the same as then – Radio Libertad de Arequipa, which seems to be a new station started last year. Actually the station seems to be on split as well, on 1309.98 kHz. I also found a RF-recording on my last winter´s HD of 4th December 2007:

Radio Libertad with same kind of programming and announcements – and on the same split! The station has been dominating the channel also after September – many times in October – sometimes with good signal and only some QRM from at least two others (one being Venezuela with Nat. Anthem at 0430 – this one a bit above on 1310.01, the other one with programs sounding like Radio Maria – could be Radio Maria, Panama (carrier frequency rather near the nominal). Radio Libertad has also web-pages and program feed on web - very nice! On October 7th some other stations from Perú were noted with good signal.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Recent Verifications

Hello fellow DXers and greetings from Vaasa!

Here's a few my most recent verifications:

KTNN Window Rock AZ 660 email
KRRZ Minot ND 1390 email
WTCH Shawano WI 960 email
KGHF Pueblo CO 1350 email
KHEY El Paso TX 1380 email
KRPI Ferndale WA 1550 email
WPLM Plymouth MA 1390 email
KLO Ogden UT 1430 email
KNWC Sioux Falls SD 1270 email
KDHL Faribault MN 920 email

Still quite a lot of LEM260 files from Asia and South/Central America to be checked. Hope to get them ready before the next LEM-expedition (with MKA) starting on the 1st of November.

73's -jsn-

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ENOX9: 11-14.9 (JVA, TUA)

We went for a short antenna checking and DX-listening trip to ENOX for a weekend. Conditions were not so good, especially the last night was a disappointment.

Usually evening started with Brazil stations at 22-23utc. La Plata -stations were dominating in the nighttime and finally NA-stations were audible from 00-01utc until 04- 0445utc.

We had the best conditions on Saturday morning when several new stations faded in for us. The most interesting stations were from Florida and Ohio. Some loggings here – full log later.

540 CBEF Windsor, On
540 CBT Grand Falls, NL
560 WQAM Miami, FL
570 CKGL Kitchener, ON
610 WIOD Miami, FL
630 CHLT Sherbrooke, QC
670 WWFE Miami, FL
820 WOSU Columbus, OH
920 WMNI Colombus, OH
990 CBY Corner Brook, NL
1060 WLNO New Orleans, LA
1200 KFNW West Fargo, ND - daytime power?
1230 WSBB New Smyrna Beach, FL
1320 WOBL Oberlin, OH
1350 WGPL Portsmouth, VA
1560 KGOW Bellaire, TX with daytime power whole night
1570 WECU Centerville, NC
1600 WKKX Wheeling, WV
1630 WRDW Augusta, GA
1690 CJLO Montreal, QC
1690 CHTO Toronto, ON

540 R Auténtica, Bogota
620 ZYH590 R Globo, Fortaleza
620 R Rebelde
700 NBC Kingstown, St Vincent
870 CHML R Reloj, Sancti Spiritus
1310 LRA42 Radio Nacional de Gualeguachu, Gualeguaychu
1320 RCN
1430 HJKU Emisora Kennedy, Santa Fé de Bogota
1550 R Rebelde
1570 TGVE VEA Voz Evangelica de América, Guatemala

Monday, September 08, 2008

ENOX Updates 8.9

920 CBQI Tulita, NT - ENOX5
950 KOZE Lewiston, ID - "950 AM KOZE Lewiston" - ENOX3
970 KTTO Spokane, WA - "You're listening to Sacred Heart Radio" - ENOX3
1060 WBIX Natick, MA - ENOX8
1060 KGFX Pierre, SD - ENOX8
1080 KRLD Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX - ENOX8
1140 WRVA Richmond, VA - ENOX8
1200 WCHB Taylor, MI - ENOX3
1230 KWSN Sioux City, SD - mm. ESPN -ohj. ja ID ennen tasaa - ENOX3
1250 KWSU Pullman, WA - ENOX3
1280 WFAU Gardiner, ME - ENOX8
1380 WMYF Portsmouth, NH - ENOX8
1380 WPHM Port Huron, MI - ENOX8
1400 WRDB Reedsburg, WI - ENOX8
1420 WBEC Pittsfield, MA - ENOX8
1420 CKPT Peterborough, ON - "Energy 99.3" - ENOX8
1440 WVEI Worcester, MA - ENOX8
1460 KARR Kirkland, WA - ENOX3
1470 KBSN Moses Lake, WA - ENOX3
1480 KPHX Phoenix, AZ - ENOX2
1480 WSAR Fall River, MA - ENOX3
1490 KEYG Grand Coulee, WA - ENOX3
1540 KXPA Bellevue, WA - ENOX3
1570 WECU Centerville, NC - ENOX8

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Updated AND loggings season 2007-2008

AND1 and AND2 logs, both drafts. As for the AND1 log changes are in blue color.

AND1: 19-27.10 (JA, OF, TBV, GF) - loggings (pdf) - 2.nd draft
AND2: 24.1-3.2 ((JA, OF, TBV, GF) - loggings (pdf) - draft

Saturday, August 02, 2008

ENOX Updates 2.8.2008

540 CBGA1 New Carlisle, QC – ENOX5
540 CBEF Windsor, ON – ENOX5
550 WSAU Wausau, WI – ENOX5
560 CHVO Spaniards Bay, NL – ENOX5
560 WEBC Duluth, MN – ENOX5
570 WNAX Yankton, SD – ENOX5
580 WKTY La Crosse, WI – ENOX5
610 CHTM Thopmson, MB – ENOX3
610 CKYL Peace River, AB – ENOX5
650 WSM Nashville, TN – ENOX5
660 WFAN New York, NY – ENOX5
670 WSCR Chicago, IL – ENOX2
680 KNBR San Francisco, CA – ENOX5
680 WNZK Dearborn Heights, MI – ENOX5
770 WABC New York, NY – ENOX5
790 KFGO Fargo, ND – ENOX5
800 CKOR Penticton, BC – ENOX2
800 CHAB Moose Jaw, SK – ENOX5
810 WGY Schenectady, NY – ENOX8
820 WBAP Fort Woth, TX –ENOX5
840 KSWB Seaside, OR – ENOX2
900 CHML Hamilton, ON – ENOX5
920 KXLY Spokane, WA – ENOX5
920 WOKY Milwaukee, WI – ENOX8
930 KSDN Aberdeen, SD – ENOX5
1070 CFAX Victoria, BC – ENOX5
1110 +XEWR Cd. Juárez – ENOX8 (23.02.08)
1120 KANN Roy – ENOX2
1130 WISN Milwaukee, WI – ENOX8
1150 CJRC Gatineau, QC – ENOX2
1160 WCCS Homer City, PA – ENOX2
1180 XEDCH Cd. Delicias – ENOX5
1180 KLAY Lakewood, WA – ENOX2
1190 WLIB New York, NY – ENOX5
1200 KFNW West Fargo, ND – ENOX5
1210 KOKK Huron, SD – ENOX5
1210 KGYN Guymon, WY – ENOX5
1230 KWYZ Everett, WA – ENOX3
1230 KORT Grangeville, ID – ENOX3
1230 KMRS Morris, MN – ENOX5
1230 WCLO Janesville, WI – ENOX8
1240 KBLL Helena, MT – ENOX5
1240 KDEC Decorah, IA – ENOX8
1240 KMZK Billings, MT – ENOX8
1240 KCCR Pierre, SD – ENOX8
1250 CJYE Oakville, ON – ENOX2
1250 KBRF Grand Fergus Falls, MN – ENOX5
1260 KWYR Winner, SD – ENOX5
1260 +KROX Crookston, MN – ENOX5 (03.12.07)
1260 WNDE Indianapolis, IN – ENOX8
1280 WGBF Evansville, IN – ENOX2
1280 WWTC Minneapolis, MN – ENOX8
1290 KOWB Laramie, WY – ENOX5, ENOX8
1310 KNOX Grand Forks, ND – ENOX5
1330 WHBL Sheboygan, WI – ENOX3
1330 KOVE Lander, WY – ENOX5
1330 WWRV New York, NY – ENOX5
1340 KGFW Kearney, NE – ENOX2
1340 WBBL Grand Rapids, MI – ENOX2
1340 KTSN Elko, NV – ENOX2
1340 KLOO Corvallis, OR – ENOX2
1390 WNIO Youngstown, OH – ENOX2
1390 KJOX Yakima, WA – ENOX3
1400 KBJM Lemmon, SD – ENOX2
1400 KRPL Moscow, ID – ENOX2
1400 KLCK Goldendale, WA – ENOX2
1400 KVRP Stamford, TX – ENOX3
1560 KGOW Bellaire, TX – ENOX6
1590 KQLO Sun Valley, NV – ENOX2
1690 WMLB Avondale Estates, GA – ENOX2

1240 R Maria, Santo Domingo. ”En los 12-40 AM sintoniza Radio Maria de ALGATRACIA, una voz Católica .."
1110 R Reloj, Cali – ENOX6

Log files are updated.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

ENOX updates 15.6

590 KXSP Omaha, NE – ENOX2
600 WMT Cedar Rapids, IA – ENOX2
630 KHOW Denver, CO – ENOX2
640 KGVW Belgrade, MT – ENOX2
670 +KLTT Commerce City, CO – ENOX2 (11.10.07)
750 KERR Polson, MT – ENOX2
760 KKZN Thornton, CO – ENOX2
770 XEACH Monterrey – ENOX2
790 XEGAJ Guadalajara – ENOX2
810 WGY Schenectady, NY – ENOX2
870 +WINU Shelbyville, IL – ENOX2 (13.10.07)
920 XECQ Culiacan – ENOX2
1080 +KYMN Northfield, MN – ENOX2 (15.10.07)
1240 KLYQ Hamilton, MT – ENOX2
1340 WROD Daytona Beach, FL – ENOX2
1340 KVBR Brainerd, MN – ENOX2
1340 KROC Rochester, MN – ENOX2
1400 KODI Cody, WY – ENOX2
1410 CKSL London, ON – ENOX2

Sunday, March 09, 2008

LEM262: 1-8.3 (ARK)

Sunday 2.3

Conditions are as poor as expected due to effects from past coronal hole. This morning 04-05.30 short opening towards midwest. 1200 KFNW only catch to mention. KBRW and KOMO occasionally with extremely weak signals and deep fading during morning and afternoon. Nothing from AK, HI or the Pacific.

Monday 3.3

Similar poor conditions as yesterday. However, some most common Japanese stations around 15 UT.

Tuesday 4.3

Another day with pretty weak conditions. They started towards midwest at 02 UT and lasted until 06 UT. Only common dominants. Nothing during midday and early afternoon. 13-14 UT some WA and AK. 15-16.30 UT lots of AK stations (830 KSDP, 930 KNSA) plus some Hawaiians. However, the best AK catches stayed away, blah.

Wednesday 5.3

Once again, conditions pattern continued almost similar. Lots of midwest and west coast stations from 02 UT, weakening at 0630 and fading out totally by 0730 UT. One-hour conditions to west coast at 0930. AK and HI twice during afternoon in half hour portions. 4QD Emerald at 16 UT.Previous night was freezing cold (-29°), first day with bright sunshine during this expedition.Little birds in trees announced the joy of increasing daylight after dark winter! Crows have returned and were "singing" too. When writing this report in the evening, worrying sights of distant northern lights around northern sky...

Thursday 6.3

West coast and midwest stations from 03 UTC plus east coast from 06-08 UT. 08- UT strong conditions to west coast and midwest, even all graveyard channels were well open (1240 KQEN, 1400 KWNA). However, only dominants and nothing from east coast. All faded out by 1130 UT.

Some most common Hawaiians in the afternoon, 1330- UT several Japanese with strong signals. Unidentified 1620-aussie at 16- UT.

Friday 7.3

02 UT once again midwest and west coast stations. 0430 UT also big lakes area. All faded out by 0730 UT. 14- most common Alaskan stations, 15 UT Japanese stations. -32° at night.

Saturday 8.3

Forecasts indicated high speed stream to arrive from the visible coronal hole and I was hoping it would cause special conditions. However, no such one. Its effects could be heard at 08 UT, when almost all stations disappeared accompanied with increased hum. 09 UT signals strengthened with common midwest, west coast and AK stations.

Anyway, during night conditions started at 00 UT with X band stations, even east coast stations for a while. 0330- UT common stations from the Lakes and west coast. As I was the last crew this main season, I had no hurry to pack things and leave. Turned off my radios at 10 UT when there still were several stations on the band. When driving home in the evening, there was impressive northern lights in the sky!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

LEM261: 23.2-1.3 (HS, JMS)

Sunday 24.2

A bit cold start with -35 Celsius at night! However, good TA DX made us feel warm. Some Brazilians and La Plata at night, AM Nuevo Mar del Plata 1620 being the best catch. NA quite well between 05 and 10 UTC. WBIX 1060 with a DX test was heard very well. Then eg. WESX 1230, WBUR 1240, WEZR 1240, WSYY 1240 and WFAU 1280. No Pacific at all, but many Chinese in the evening.

Monday 25.2

Poor conditions both night and day meant no new loggings nor reports. Hawaiian stations surfaced late afternoon with some nice signals. However, only the usual stations were noted.

Tuesday 26.2

Wow! Continuous NA from 23 to 12 UTC. Some excellent peaks during the sunrise. Also Hawaii well in the evening. Clearly the best NA conditions for us this season!

KNRS 570, KXSP 590, WOI 640, KXOR 660, KNBR 680, XEDE 720, KTTO 970, KORL 1180, KTSN 1340, KZNW 1340. From earlier days WTSN 1270, WNZS 1340, WWWL 1350.

Wednesday 27.2

Back to normal. Poor night, mediocre morning (KSJB 600, WJON 1240) and challenging afternoon with interesting Asians. Australia on x-band and 5PA ABC Naaracorte 1161 booming. Also RRI Singaraja from Bali on 1080 like a local station for 40 minutes. Some northern lights promises interesting times ahead.

Thursday 28.2

Conditions have really deteriorated since yesterday. Nothing during the night, some NA in the morning and nothing during the entire day until Asian stations surfaced late afternoon. Tonight the sky is beautiful with fast moving Auroral lights so not much is expected of the next night either.

Friday 29.2

Completely silent - no stations from anywhere. The coronal hole did what a coronal hole needs to do! Now it is time to prepare next weeks work presentations and listen to tapes from Tuesday.

Here are some Asians from 26.2.: 549 Vietnam, 558 DZXL, 576 Yunnan, 603 CRI Hainan, 648 Guangdong, 666 DZRH, 675 Vietnam, 720 ABC Perth, 729 Vietnam, 747 Ningxia Jinji, 783 Hong Kong, 792 Guangxi, 819 ABC Kimberley, 828 Guangzhou and so on. Clearly the direction was a bit different than with usual Asian conditions.

Saturday 1.3

TA and Asia DX totally dead, but last night we enjoyed Emissao Provincial do Niassa from Mozambique with their local Friday evening programme on 1260. LEM261 signing off and wishing good luck to Ari for the last LEM expedition this season.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

LEM 260 Hannu Niilekselä (HN) and Jari Sinisalo (JSN)

LEM 260 started on Saturday, February 16, 2008 around noon with expectations of improving conditions after an unsettled to active period in the past week. Saturday offered an unbeatable chance of getting the listening gear tuned into “full readiness”, as the afternoon and evening conditions remained substantially poor. Just a few of some most common NA west coast stations were noted with weak signals.

17.2.2008: Totally quiet around midnight, some LA and CA with weak signals around 1-2 AM UTC, with four or five NL stations surfacing for 10 minutes – not good, but giving a promise of the expected improvement. In the morning all of the sudden a nice and noiseless one hour opening to the areas between the prairies and US west coast , whereafter the atmospheric bruise level returned to where it was on Sunday. Practically nothing from NA during the whole day. Some 15 minutes of fairly nice conditions to Asia in general, with 4QD 1548, along with the 3-4 most common upper band HI stations, surfacing loud and clear for 5 minutes. Japan gave a bit of promise with good signals levels for some minutes, as well, but died out completely 5 minutes prior to the NHK-2 break at 13.20 UTC. A tricky day, but the short morning “break” moments with SDR:s still paid off nicely with a bunch of A-class stations. Peppered fillet of pork accompanied with Torres Mas La Plana 1999 and goat cheese together with arctic cloudberries and sweet caramel sauce topped the evening. KNRS-570, KID-590, KSUB-590, KGVW-640, KXOR-660, KFMB-760, XESPN-800, KUTR-820, KANN-1120, KWIK-1240, KNND-1400.

18.2.2008: Still waiting for the conditions to open up. No evening conditions, some promising Orinoco in the night, but another dead morning. Only a minor 1 hour opening to NA with extremely unstable signals, then complete silence again in the afternoon. Nice sunshiny days with –5 C temperatures outside. The pleasure again today was the chef´s menu with stuffed mushrooms with garlic cream potatoes, accompanied by Puilly Fumé, La Forge, 2006. José Cuervo tequila has been our friend in modest quantities – naturally only to please the God´s of the Mexican skip. Results have, though, not materialized yet. CHTM-610, KFXD-630, KERI-1180, XESA-1260 and KWKW-1330.

19.2.2008: Another disappointing day. Evening and night completely blank to across the Atlantic. The morning equally disappointing. Not a trace of any NA conditions and when trying for morning Iberians, the result: Russians on 2 frequencies and DLF on 1269, nothing else ! . A 5 minute burst in the morning towards NA with 3 “ actual stations (in addition to such stations as KOMO and KBRW which were heard occasionally). But one of these 3 stations gave a super short ID: “La X” on 660 with a decent signal ! Unbelievable to hear such a station without anything worthwhile. The two others identified at 0930 UTC were CKYL-610 and KXL-750. Some Thai in the early evening. It makes one wonder, where have the conditions taken their way in these times of the solar minimum year…Top class spaghetti Bolognese with the remaining 2 glasses of Mas La Plana while nothing that IB is coming in fairly well.

20.2.2008: Still waiting for something positive to happen. Again nothing in the evening, but for the first time Brazil and La Plata fifth fairly good signals in the night. After a bit of sleep, when waking up in the morning before 8 local time, the band was full with NA stations from the prairies, however accompanied by a strong atmospheric “hum”. In 15 minutes the stations started gradually fading outand in an hour the band was empty again. Late in the afternoon some AK and HI with nice signals, but no super-cx. Asia mainly Thai and other uninteresting (?). Wienerschnizel with South African red. R Murial-1290 and R Belgrano-1510 (with supersignals), KLAM-1450.

21.2.2008: The evening started more promising than any of the previous ones. Tiny signals from the most common NL-NS stations started gradually coming in to a more silent MW-band around midnight. Soon VEN-Caribbean stations took over and were well audible all night. Just some isolated NA at night but as the morning came, we had moved to “more normal” conditions. Nothing spectacular, but a handful of nice stations and gratifying was to note that also the GY-frequencies held stations on an uninterrupted manner all morning, from all over the NA, but mostly from the rockies direction. The stations gradually faded out before mid-day and never came back. The afternoon was again totally blank to practically all worthwhile directions, so something is still “wrong”. ZIZ-555, tent. St. Vincent-700 (IQ-recordings haven't been checked out yet), KTNN-660, KGHF-1350, KBLJ-1400, KPTO-1440, KVSI-1450, KMRI-1550.

23.3.2008: Our last chance. We took it seriously and had tortillas with José Cuervo tequila for dinner. The mornings conditions were compared with Tuomo Ahonen, who had sniffed the morning´s conditions and arrived in Enontekiö for a couple of nights for DX´ing. The distance to Lemmenjoki is only some 100+ kilometres but substantial differences in the rhythm of fading and audible stations were noted, in spite of practically the same length and direction of the east coast antennas.

No evening stations from a cross the Atlantic were audible, once again. However, around midnight local time, first NA were noted and soon lots of Puerto Ricans and Venezolanos accompanied them. Gradually, some time after 0100 UTC NA stations started taking over and around 0200 the MW band was already in a promising speed. In the next hour the conditions kept on improving and thereafter the skies opened: signals were huge from all over the NA, with perhaps exception of the extreme West Coast. In addition, we had obviously succeeded in flattering the MEX-gods, since together with the NA signals. NA and Mexican stations were heard both in quantity and quality unexperienced by either of us ever before in our combined history of 68 years of DX´ing.

Then, the conditions behaved as had been the rule this week: in half and hour, the MW band died out completely around 0700 UTC. It is gratifying to end this blog by saying that this last night made the week for us and there will be a lot of work to thoroughly examine all the sound files to get a full understanding of what this rewarding morning gave us. We will do our best to provide the first insights to the list of stations logged.

Friday, February 15, 2008

LEM259: 9-15.2.2008 (HJK, JJK)

9.2.2008 Saavuimme Lemmenjoelle puolenpäivän jälkeen ja kävimme tervehtimässä Kristiinaa. Jenkkiputki oli jonkin aikaa auki hyvästikin, mutta totutteluksi tämä iltapäivä meni ennen kuin säädöt saatiin kohdalleen. KJRB-790 oli ensimmäinen idattu asema. KTIX-1240, KRLC-1350, KSPZ-980. Myöhemmin aasialaisia Tien Sheng 1314, Han Sheng 684 ja sokerina pohjalla RRI Singaraja 1080.

10.2.2008 Yöllä Radio Perú, Juliaca 1320 ja Nationwide Radio 700 tentatiivisena. Aamunousulla melko tavallisia jenkkejä WKSH-1640.15 ja WCHB-1200, iltapäivällä CIOR-1400 ja KMAS-1030. Kelit romahtivat.

11.2.2008 Yöllä laplatalaisia LRA2 Radio Nacional Viedma-1150. Yksi jenkkikin rupukuuluvuudella: KTOE-1420. Romania-osasto otettiin avuksi (Radio Constanta 1530), lisäksi kuulimme mm. Radio Zvezda 1440 ja Groot Nieuws Radio 1008 huippukuuluvuuksilla. Iltapäiväkiinalaiset pelastivat tilanteen: Shanghai Dongfang BS 1422, Shaanxi Traffic 1323, Anhui Life Channel 1395, Jiangxi PBS Satellite 1350.

12.2.2008 ei paljon parempaa NA-suunnalta – yöllä KBGG-1700 ja aamunousulla KZTS-1280, KLIN-1400, KTOP-1490, WONX-1590. Magyar Muravideki Radio 558, Radio Plovdiv 648 ja Radio Oltenia 1314 kertovat paremmin kelien suunnasta. Iltapäivällä kiinalaiset jälleen pelastuksena Zhenjiang EBS 1224, Chutian News Station 1179. Illalla ERTU Luxor 1386 South Upper Egyptin paikallisella ohjelmalla.

13.2.2008 Yöllä NA vaisuna: WILS-1320. KBC Marsabit 1233 ja Radio Vida AM 1620 muista maanosista. Aamunousulla KBAR-1230 ja KZZR-1230. Iltapäivällä horjutettiin kiinalaisten valta-asemaa: Mor Kor 1314 ja Voice of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 610.

14.2.2008 Pientä lupausta paremmasta, torstai siis toivoa täynnä: KTIK-1350 0030 UTC, KDOW-1680 0056 UTC ja muita tavallisia washingtonilaisia samoihin aikoihin. Rádio Globo Londrina palloili1400:lla. Pari kolumbialaista aamulla pastoreineen eikä ideistä tietoakaan. KVVK-1470 muitten tavallisempien teksasilaisten kera. Mutta aamunousu lopahti ennen kuin oli tullutkaan. Kävelylenkiltä tultua bandi oli kirkas ja KWIP-880 ja KWBY-940 porskuttelivat vähän aikaa. Mutta sitten taas suhinaa. Aasia avautui noin puoleksi tunniksi klo 1210 UTC, siitä tosin 10 min meni sähkökatkon takia ja 15 min sähkömiehen juttuja kuunnellessa. DYSI-1323 oli ainut jonka sai analogisilla vehkeillä koukkuun. Parin tunnin hiljaisuuden jälkeen Aasia lähti uuteen nousuun, BRT 1098 olemassaolo tuli todistettua samalla kun idästä tuli parempaa kamaa JORR-738, AFN Okinawa 648 1600-1700 UTC välillä ja vielä loppuillasta Taiwan BC, Sungling 630 ad 1840 UTC. Tänä iltana oli jo pientä vipinää X-bandin 9:llä jaollisilla taajuuksillakin

15.2.2008 yöllä KRRZ-1390 ja XEKT-1390, mutta ei mitään sen kummempaa. Kuvaavaa on, että vasta nyt sai ensimmäisen kerran KDDZ-1690:stä rupisen idin. Varsinainen aamunousu jenkeistä jäi tulematta, vaikka KBSN-1230 kuuluikin. Ennen sitä brassareita, mm. ZYJ491 Rádio Continental 1520 ja ZYJ590 Rádio Globo Santos 1550. Jätetään loppuosa asemista nyt mainitsematta, koska niitä ei ole vielä kuultu ja tuskin enää blogia täältä pohjoisesta tältä reissulta laitellaan. Kaiken kaikkiaan olipa kiinalainen juttu!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

LEM258: 26.1-9.2 (JEÖ, PÄ)

Sunnuntai 27.1: Yöllä hyvät kelit brassareihin ja La Plataan. Ei aamu-LA kelejä. NA sen sijaan koko aamu-iltapäivä. WKBN, R Jamaica 700 etc.

Maanantai 28.1: Hienot BRA-La Plata 23-02 jonka jälkeen NA iltaan asti. Kuviot samat, kelit lopulta jämähtää NW-nurkkaan. WGVS 850 etc.

Tiistai-keskiviikko 29-30.1: Sama kelityyppi jatkuu. BRA ja LP yöllä. NA hyvin heikko aamulla. Jotain sentään: 830 R Princesa da Serra SE; 1290 R Brasil Sul.

Torstai 31.1: Keskinkertaiset brassari ja LP läpi yön. Enimmäkseen länsirannikkoa pitkään iltapäivään. Kohtuulliset AK/HI. Marshall 1098, XEUT etc.

Perjantai-sunnuntai 1-3.2: Häiriön johdosta huonohkot kelit. Tänään 3.2 massiiviset BRA-LP kelit 550-1690. Mm. LT43 Mocovi hurjalla signaalilla sekä samalta taajuudelta - eli 800 - brassari R Universidade RS. Tallenteita on niin pirusti kolmen sdr:n ja 8xNDR johdosta. Lyhyt NA-putki 07 kieppeillä. Myös NA-kelit nousenemassa. Ainoa pettymys eka viikon jälkeen on MEX-kelien puuttuminen.

Maanantai-keskiviikko 4-6.2: Erinomaiset kelit pari päivää. Voimakkaat sinkut Brasiliasta ja La Platastä öisin. Aamulla ja päivällä länsirannikkoa ja järvialuetta. Etelävaltioista ja Meksikosta ei juurikaan mitään. Janne arvioi tallenteiden selvittämisen vievän 40 vuotta! (via HS).

Sunday, February 03, 2008

AND2: 24.1 - 3.2 (GF, JA, OF, TBV)

Thursday 24.1: AND2 (location Andöya, Norway) is now in progress. A brief check at 17 UTC had most Alaskan stations audible at good levels, even 1020 kHz was strong.

Friday 25.1: Good conditions to Brazil and Argentina 22 to 05 UTC. Intense opening to the Great Lakes at 01 UTC. The morning was uninteresting. Excellent signals from AK and AB/BC after 12 UTC.

Saturday 26.1: Excellent conditions to Brazil and La Plata during the night. Very nice NA opening 07 to 10 UTC to the Rockies and the west coast, particularly in the lower half of the band.

Sunday 27.1: Strong signals from Brazil 22-01 UTC. Widespread NA from 02 UTC with signals becoming very strong in the morning. For instance 880 offered WCBS one minute and KWIP the next.

Monday 28.1: Again good propagation to Brazil and La Plata around midnight. Later on nice signals from mainly western NA. Some Mexican stations too.

Tuesday 29.1: Excellent signals from AK/YT/AB/BC until 16:30 UTC on the 28. Uninteresting night and morning with only the regular LA and NA stations noted.

Wednesday 30.1: Weak signals from Brazil early in the night. After 02 UTC strong signals from AB/SK. Uninteresting morning with only the NA dominants noted.

Thursday 31.1: Nice signals from Brazil early in the night. Morning and day propagation was very good to the Rockies and the west coast. Ex: 1230 KSBN

Friday 1.2: Superb NA opening 02-08 with many stations on most channels. Only a few dominants audible after LSR.

Saturday 2.2: Rapidly changing conditions early in night. Maine one minute, then Brazil, then AB/SK. Overall a poor night.

Sunday 3.2: Uneventful night, then intense opening to AB/MT after 08 UTC. Yesterday was more interesting than we thought, 590 CFAR, 610 KRTA. 1420 WASR

Sunday, January 27, 2008

LEM257 - kuvia

VJR ja JP troolaamassa Iberia-breikkejä.

VJR kopistelee lumia brassilangan päässä.

DX-kulinarismia: lihapullaperunat a la LEM257.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

LEM257: 19-26.1 (JP, VJR)

Saturday 19.1

LEM257 started: VJR and JP. Some us new:1420 KITI, 1310 KFKA later asia even aussies 2ME R Lebanon 1638.

Sunday 20.1

LEM257 JP VJR 20.1: In the night Brazil and La Plata. In the morning something from NW NA - 1350 KRLC. Middle of the day nothing. After 12utc 1270 KIML ja 880 KJJR.

Monday 21.1

Some NA stations in the evening and afternoon: 1120 KANN, 620 KPOJ, 1240 KTIX, 920 KXLY, 1290 KUMA. Also japanese: 1233 JOUR. In the evening stations from China and SW Oceania: 3335 East Sepik, 4605 Serui, 4870 Wamena.

Tuesday 22.1

LEM257 JP VJR 22.1: Yö vaisu mutta auringonnousun maissa alkoi reissun paras NA-päivä. Asemia 1. kerran keskipäivälläkin. 1230 KBAR, 550 KOAC, 1410 XECF, 1180 XEDCH, 1510 R Belgrano, 1420 KIGO, 550 WSAU, 1230 KKEE.

Aasia-nousu 13-14 utc 1107 JOCF, 1152 JORP, 1260 JOIR, 1062 DZEC. Aussien x-bandilla myös elämää 1430 utc lähtien. Ja aamun pakolliset RAI lokaalit: 936 Veneto ja 1062 Sardegna.

Wednesday 23.1

Yöllä tikkuista keliä Argentiinasta jenkkeihin. Aamulla repesi jenkkikeleiksi ja kovat Havaijit. Nyt kuunnellaan uutta TWR Beniniä 1566.

Asemia: 1230 KWYZ, 770 KTTH, 1450 KQDI, 1450 KONP, 1400 KODI, 1400 KEDO, 1420 KKEA, 1270 KNDI, 1180 KORL, 1210 KGYN, 1270 KBAM, 1470 KBSN, 1560 KZIZ. Ja aamun pakollinen RAI: 567 Emilia-Romagna.

Thursday 24.1

LEM257 JP VJR 24.1. Ei aivan yhtä hyvä NA-päivä kuin eilinen mutta jotain kuitenkin: 1350 KGHF, 1420 KIGO, 760 KGU, 1270 KNDI, 660 KEYZ, 650 CISL, 1230 CJNL. Ja aamun aloitti RAI Toscana 657.

Friday 25.1

LEM257: 00-01 kiva Ontario-itärannikkokeli 830 WCRN, 620 CHWO, 1690 CHTO. 0430-0600 Venezuelaa. Aamun Iberia-avauksesta 666 R Barcelona ja 1314 R5 Salamanca 0815.

Vaisu NA-aamu mutta antennien tsekkausreissulta palattua aukesi ID-WA-HI. 1110 KAOI, 1540 KREA, 1460 KHRA, 1420 KKEA, 1270 KNDI, 760 KGU, 1480 KBMS, 1400 KEDO, 1470 KBSN, 1480 KRXR. Illalla RNE5 Malaga 1152, ja 558 Muravideki Magyar R.

Saturday 26.1

LEM257: 0000-0017 töhäys järville: 1690 WVON, 1470 WBKV, 1480 WLMV. 0115-0130 länsirannikon dominantteja. Muutoin yöllä La Plata- Brassi-linjaa: 1560 Maldonado, 1620 R Vida, 1630 AM Restauracion. N. 0700 ylämummo heräsi: 1240 KWIK, 1560 KZIZ, 1650 KFOX. Mukava reissu ja riittävästi kelejä vaikkei hamonen nyt heilahtanutkaan.

Friday, January 25, 2008



PERSEUS SDR-RECEIVER – A Pretty Excellent Receiver of Software … OR – A Poor Example of Receivers … - First Impressions (by TK)

These impressions are something found during a brief test arrangements on January 21-22 with a Perseus + Table-top PC Fujitsu-Siemens (about 1.8 GHz – 1 Mb mem. + 250 GB HD). The rx was compared mostly to a SDR-14 & IQ + a communications receiver Icom R9000.

Generally the look and feel is great with this equipment and the installation of the software was a piece of cake. The software (beta 0.31) was distributed on a CD with the receiver. There were a HF-Span software (showing 0-40 MHz span) and drivers + dll´s for the WinRad, too. It was very easy to calibrate the set using just the mouse to move the scale and the “CAL” button on the screen. As can be seen at fig.1 the user interface is nice and that can even be improved the Griffin PowerMate knob. There are normal demodulations like AM & SSB, but also syncro-AM (SAM) which is very good, locking easily (the freqyency readout does not change however). In addition you can demodulate DRM using the Virtual Sound Card driver (you have to be the latest version 4.8 for that) and the Dream-software. The screen having two windows is good so you can have a larger view up to 500 kHz and the demodulation window with if-bandwith etc on another smaller screen. It sounds also that the noise blanker works good for sudden impulses (like electric fences) whereas that of the SDR-IQ is useless. However I have not personally tested it largely as my local horseowner has switched the fence off!

On the screen you can set frequency also by clicking the arrows below the small secondary window. This is handy, when operating with a laptop without mouse. The averaging system in the software is done nicely on the screen – you can adjust it manually by clicking and dragging the vertical sliders both for the main and the second window. On the screen you can use also the memo (memory tables) where you can load lists of potential stations and there are already memos of EiBI list and HFCC-tables included. You can import your own list to the memo table as well. Software worked OK although there are some problems still with the listening to the recorded (captured) RF-file. While checking how many stations you can have on one frequency (if there is a vertical scroll) I found that you can but up to six on the channel - so a scroll should be good if you wish put lists like "potential NA / TA -stations" etc - these lists have usually dozens of stations on each channel.

You have to use the transformer (5 V) which comes together with the rx and I have seen reports that this unit (a switching transformer) does produce some noise especially to other RXs (using splitters), but I did not note very much interference in my set-up. However I have already some noise from other PC-equipments, mainly from my LCD-screen which I have to switch off when doing serious RF-recording at daytime with low signal levels.

Sensitivity & Strong signal handling seems to be adequate - I would say the sensitivity is a bit worse than that of the Icom-receiver (R9000) and I have seen some figures at about 2 uV (10 dB/SN, AM-mode); however, when used with active splitter (with 10 dB gain) and/or amp. of 10 dB with a LW of 150 m or BOG 300 m the rx did overload and I had to set the attn to -10 dB on the program. But this is what is happening with other sdrs (14 / IQ and WinR) as well. That is never a problem with my old Icom, AOR or EKD 515 (DDR-rx).

Frequency measurements are a bit harder to do with the Perseus (compared to IQ using Spectravue) basically as the minimum SPAN in receiving is 1.6 kHz (showing also the max. BW resolution 1.9 Hz). As can be seen at the picture, you have to “click” the markers on screen (you have to use as good resolution as possible) whereas Spectravue with 14/IQ gives you automatically the 4 strongest carriers of the SPAN. The comparison test was done on 1368 with a station (Taiwan) a bit below the nominal (see fig. 2) and also other tests showed that the accurancy of frequency measurements is about 2 Hz – generally about 2-4 Hz. Maybe later on we will have the span reduced to e.g. 200 or 500 Hz?

Selectivity is good and at least at the same level as that of the IQ/14 and a bit better than that of the ICOM R9000 or AOR (with SSB filters around 2 kHz). And you can adjust it how you want – also “asymmetric way”. You can also move the center frequency – about as PBT does. There are buttons also for the notch and PBT but they seems not to be active yet – this feature is coming later on, I suppose.

Recording – Span Capturing (“Drift Net-DX”) is straightforward, you have just to decide whether you want to capture a slice of 100, 200 or 400 kHz, push the button and use the recorder-buttons on a lower left corner of the window. Actually you can even record a bit more (almost 500 kHz with 500 kS/s sampling?), but there can be false signals on both sides?). As mentioned earlier the play-back feature differs from that of SpectraVue a bit: you can not jump just back and forth. Instead, you can assign a portion of the recording for looped play-back. And there seems still to be some problems with the operation on playing back – I could freeze the computer using that and had to switch the power off once. Note that you should have the unit on – so you can not listen the files with another computer and/or at another place without the hardware using the Perseus software, what is possible with the SpectaVue and SDR-14/IQ. However using the WinRad-softaware you can do playback also without the Perseus hardware, which is good although there are some limitations using that one as there are no timestamp at the timeline and not even the stop button on WinRad´s timeline. You get 10 minutes recordings with the software automatically (about 1,7 Gb each). You have also to give the name to the files all the time before starting to record and the software puts the sequence numbers after the name like 1,2… The timer is not included, but there is a possibility to do a timer with windows macros, but I have not yet tried that. The timer function like that of IQ – Spectravue could be greatly appreciated! After this report was written I have heard that the "official" release of the software (1.0) is due out in February - maybe something of the wish list are in that version.

I used mainly my desk-top (a bit old) model of a Pentium 1.8 GHz machine with 1 MB internal memory. The software took about 30-40 % easily at 125 kS/s and when switched to maximum sampling rate of 500 kS/s in order to capture 400 kHz to the hard disk, it took about 80-90% of the resources. So with my setup, I can not use both Perseus & IQ at the same machine. I also had some play-back problems with this set-up, and had to start the playback again, which actually worked to that problem. Using my laptop of Pentium (1.3 GHz only, IBM T40) was about the same, but it seems this machine works better showing the maximum usage of resources at about 60-70 %. I have heard these small IBMT40´s really performs like about 2 GHz machines. I did not tried to record to external HDs, but it should work ok and that has been done by other testers without problems. I think that with modern pc´s of about 3 - 4 GHz and 2-4 GB memory these problems are not present.

All-in-all I have to say this is a great piece of equipment – good looking software with great capabilities – and the software is still in Beta-state – so what are we getting when that is the final version. Well Done Nico Palermo & Microtelecom!

Last but not least, I would like to thank all the impressions of earlier testers of the rx like Bjarne Melde, Guy Atkins and Giampiero Bernardini at their blogs and emails as well as Mauno Ritola & Jussi Suokas (& all the “DXing Wolfs” in Eastern Finland) who were the first in Finland to test the machine. Now we have the DriftNetter of 400 kHz, next year at least up to 2 Mhz or ?


Saturday, January 19, 2008

LEM256: 12-19.1 (JJN, JUS)

Saturday 12.1

LEM256 (JJN & JUS) has started. Common west coast stations between 13 and 15 utc. KDZR 1640 was heard till 1630 utc

Sunday 13.1

Perseus was harmoniously introduced to Lemmenjoki today although there has not been much use for SDRs here. Lame night. Today KANN 1120, KUTR 820, KNFL 1470, KHTK 1140, XEEX 1230. Crne Gore 882 yesterday

Monday 14.1

We spent the night deep asleep. More west coast from 07 to 10 utc. KFNW 1200, KTTH 770, etc

Tuesday 15.1

The most common Brazilians were quickly greeted at night. After a very silent morning we were about to go out to check some antennas when suddenly the band was alive with stations from WA (like KMAS 1030, KWIQ 1020, KRLC 1350), OR (KPDQ 800, KWIP 880), MT (KBLL 1240), and ID (KSPZ 980)

Wednesday 16.1

Mostly silent.

Thursday 17.1

R Plovdiv and Blagoevgrad yesterday. Today Jamaica and a mixed selection of NY, MEX and the Pacific NW.

Friday 18.1

Almost three hours of Hawaii hulabaloo. No need to say anything else.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

LEM255: 5-12.1 (HS, HAT)

Saturday 5.1

LEM255 started simultaneously with some solar instability, thus no NA was heard in the late afternoon, nor Fareast. Looking forward to rapid improvement, though. HAT

Sunday 6.1

LEM255 (HAT HS) 5.-12.1.Improving conditions. Nothing at night, but in the early morning common Brazilian and La Plata stations ascending to Colombia, Venezuela with some single shots to CA. Around midday most regular NA west coast.

R Nacional de Colombia 580 & 680, R Sucre 600, Guadeloupe 640, Jamaica 700, R Brigadier Lopez 1150, R Calidad 1230, KVAN 1560.

Monday 7.1

LEM255 (HAT HS): Northern lights! Japanese tourists travel halfway round the world to see this wonder, we Finnish dxers are in a much luckier situation, only 1200 km. When the solar disturbance is on an adequate level to let the space wind to bring large enough quantities of small particles to our atmosphere to activate the lights, the end result is simply breath taking.

These lights began their grand show in the evening by covering the sky with a wide, transparent green vail like drawn with water colours on a wet paper. Then, the show was sharpened later on in the night; Against the black sky and bright stars, they ran across the estrade, and performed in all shapes and figures, in north, south, east and west. In the morning they started to fade, but were still visible, like a deliberate reminder of the night. What a tremendous show!

RAI Veneto 936, RAI Marche 1062, RNE5 Salamanca

Tuesday 8.1

LEM255 (HAT HS) "A station per day keeps dx-apathy away" (aforism of the week). And we're working our utmost to achieve this daily target, no matter how challenging it might be! Most common Brazil and USA northwest.

Another split noted: KLFE Seattle 1589,58. RNE5 Lugo 1098, RNE5 Toledo 1125, XESJ Saltillo 1250.

Wednesday 9.1

LEM255 (HAT HS). Made a decision that also follow up reports to previously heard but not verified stations will be accounted, to achieve our daily targets, as set in our aforism of the week. Regular conds towards USA:s Pacific Northwest, with some California additions. YV HJ briefly in the morning.

RAI Emilia Romagna 567, R Crne Gore 882, RNE5 Valladolid 936, KSRO 1350, KTKZ 1380, KIGO 1420.3, KYKN 1430, KZIZ 1560, KUBA 1600, KYIZ 1620, XERW 1390.

Thursday 10.1

LEM255 (HAT HS). A few scattered west coast stations at night (went back to sleep quickly), east coast in the morning, after which the common mixture of west coast to late afternoon. Stronger signals today.

RNE5 Palencia 603, RNE5 Cabra 972, KPQ 560, KSEN 1150, KPRZ 1210, KPJC 1220, WILS 1320, WBHV 1330, CJRS 1650.

Friday 11.1

LEM255 (HAT HS). We completelly forgot to mention about our daily menus. To correct this mistake; the menu consisted of industrially prepared foods and groceries, frozen or refrigerated, mainly microwaveable. With food we consumed canned beer (domestic), and the listening session was crowned by a nite cap: Jameson Irish Whiskey (triple distilled).

Back to business. Yesterday evening a few signals very early, nothing fancy, turned rapidly into Great Lakes area. The morning offered Wisconsin and the surrounding states, after which the usual suspects returned (upper west coast).

WSAU 550, WTCH 960, KTIX 1240, KBLL 1240, KDIO 1350, KSRV 1380, KSPT 1400, KEDO 1400, KLCK 1400, KGST 1600.

Tomorrow we'll leave the hut for a wolfpack. If nothing totally impressive happens, we'll end our reports here. Thanks for the attention, and good luck for the coming crews! HAT & HS.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

ENOX7: 2-5.1 (HN)

Thursday 3.1

ENOX7 (HN) started late in the evening of 2 January. Considering the full 6 zero values of the kp-index during the day, the NA-cx in the evening, in the night and all day were unbelievable weak and unstable. So weak that I went fishing with the landlord in the wilderness from 9 to 12 in the morning. So instead of hearing KJJR-880, I' m eating whitefish for dinner. 800-KINY, 930-KOGA, 1240-KDLR, 1290-WKNE, 1590-WHLX

Friday 4.1

ENOX7/04.01: The same story continues, unbelievably lousy cx in spite of high expectations. A bit of evening cx, dying out at 22 UTC. Nothing in the night, a bit promising in the morning, but the cx never got anywhere, before they died out around 10 UTC. Completely silent in the afternoon. WKOX-1200, WHIY-1700, KXOL-1660, WJAS-1320. From recordings of yesterday: WFIR-960, WCMC-1230, WGPL-1350, WMYF-1380

Saturday 5.1

ENOX7 5.1.: Nothing in the evening, some CA/LA in the night and in the morning. Also Newfounland with good signals, but nothing else from NA. Time to pack.

LEM254: 27.12-5.1 (JMS, JPR)

Friday 28.12

LEM254 - JPR & JMS - 28.12. - Quite good night with Brazil and West Coast. Morning splendid with upperband Brazilians, eg. 1530 kHz strong (hopefully there is an id on the tape). Then NA all day long, Savannah's New Star 1400 WSEG was the nicest surprise. Weatherwise very strange with 0 Celsius and even some rain (not snow).

Saturday 29.12

LEM254: Boring. Stations all the time from SA, NA EC and NA WC. Continuous listening between 2230 and 1400 UTC but not a single new station. We would welcome some strong flares from the sun ;)

Sunday 30.12

LEM254: Slightly weaker than yesterday, still NA from midnight till late afternoon. Some Venezeula at night. Now at 13 UTC KFNW West Fargo, ND 1200 booming. Some highlights from the previous days: Radio Itatiaia Triangulo 1390, Radio Sulina 1530 and Radio Encanta 1580. JPR & JMS

Monday 31.12

LEM254: We have very similar feelings than our friends in Parka: intensive listening, but almost nothing new heard. Morning's only surprise was WQAM Miami on 560. Sun's activity is increasing, so hopefully conditions are changing, too. Happy New Year to all dx-ers around the world! Jari Ruohomäki (JPR) and Jim Solatie (JMS)

Tuesday 2.1

LEM254: The new year started fresh with -23 degrees Celsius. Visiting the outdoor restroom almost required something else than just a t-shirt ... but only almost ;) DX conditions are still quite weak. NA from 00 till 15 UTC, but only Canadians and other dominants with excellent reception quality. Between 07 and 09 a nice opening to Orinoco, eg. Impacto 1550 and Cristal 870. From yesterdays recordings 1530 ESPN Austin. - Jim Solatie

Wednesday 2.1

LEM254: OSD-conditions continue (only strong dominants). Ohio stations have super signals at the moment, but nothing new found. Some Orinoco last night, but without surprises. Graveyards are too crowded to result into anything interesting. Tomorrow will be a day off enjoying winter's other pleasures - cross country skiing - at Saariselkä. JPR & JMS

Thursday 3.1

LEM254: A nice North Carolina morning with WSGH 1040 and WECU 1570 with very strong signals. Also many stations from Cuba, eg. Agramonte 910. KKKK 1580 in the afternoon. Asia has been weak the whole week. JPR and JMS

Friday 4.1

LEM254: Friday morning was loaded with very strong NA signals, especially between 08-09 UTC, but afternoon was useless. One personal new today: WBHV 1330. From earlier week: KFNN 1510. It's time to return home and wish all the very best for LEM255. JPR & JMS